For this exercise, we’ll consider the starting five for each team, according to the latest depth chart. In cases where a bench player is clearly more valuable than a starter (such as Sam Cassell or Corey Maggette vs. Quinton Ross), we can sub him in and run the numbers that way too.
As you would expect, the talent is tilted toward the Western Conference. The number one fantasy team? No surprise here: The Phoenix Suns. But guess who’s number 2? Here’s a hint: They just pulled off a blockbuster deal (you may have heard something about it) that added a lot of fantasy firepower. That’s right, it’s the Nuggets.
Here’s how the two teams square off: Suns vs. Nuggets
If the NBA Finals were today, and we took the teams with the best records from the West (Spurs) and the East (Pistons), it owould be a pretty close matchup, fantasy-wise: Spurs vs. the Pistons
But actually, the Pistons aren’t the best fantasy squad in the East. Who is? A team that’s .500 and would barely make the playoffs right now: The Washington Wizards. But they would still be no match for the Suns: Suns vs. Wizards
And there you have it–definitive proof of absolutely nothing, but more anecdotal evidence that the West is where it’s at in the NBA right now.